Miguel has been a business growth and technology expert for more than a decade and has written software for even longer. From his little castle in Romania, he presents cold and analytical perspectives to things that affect the tech world.
Losing your password and get lock out of your computer is a painful experience. Luckily, there’s a little-known tool in Windows 8 that allows you to reset your password with a USB key. Let’s learn how to create the key!
Gmail is one service that has exploded over the last few years, particularly because it is free, simple to use and the flexible features it has for power users. Little do Gmail’s users know that the service has some features that could ultimately improve your experience significantly. Let’s have a look at a few of those!
Windows Explorer doesn’t come with tabbed browsing, which makes it kind of suck. Some Linux distributions have been way ahead of Microsoft on this, and it’s about time we have our own tabs. Here is how you can enable tabbed browsing in Windows 7 and 8.
We all know that Windows 7 comes with its own Firewall tool, but very few people makes good use of it to protect themselves. It is not the fault of the users. This is mainly because the Firewall tool is hidden deep in the control panel and the minimal and confusing interface make setting it […]
If you’re on the go constantly, perhaps you’d miss having Windows 8 around, especially if you’re surrounded by computers using older versions. Here is a quick and easy way to create a portable version of Windows 8 on your USB drive.
It is common to have problems on your computer, but if you install a hefty application for every problem you have, very soon, your computer will have tons of applications that not only take up plenty of storage space, but also plenty of useless features that you never going to use. It’s hard to find something small and sleek, do the thing that it supposes to do and do it well. You got 10 of them below.
Many users love Windows 7. In fact, they might love it so much that they are ready to ignore some of its shortcomings and annoyances. What if I tell you that you can have all of Windows 7’s positive features while getting rid of some of its annoyances? It’s possible to get rid of some of the most annoying things in Windows 7 with a few simple fixes. Here’s how:
Safe mode is present in every Windows version since Windows 95, but getting it to work in Windows 8 is not as easy as it should be. Here is how you can add the option to start in safe mode to the boot menu when you turn on your computer. Let’s see how!
The Metro UI in Windows 8 is supposed to make the navigation better and easier, but when you can’t resize the tiles and the interface, you know this is going to be a frustrating experience. Luckily, there is a way to resize the tiles and it is pretty easy to do it. Here are the steps.
We’ve already covered Windows 8 to death, but I don’t think we’ve really covered the essential “tricks” you can do to better modify your experience. Today, we re going to show you several tricks you can use to improve your usage experience, and that is if you’re considering upgrading.
Are you just as frustrated at the lack of a Start menu as I am? Do you find it inconvenient to be forced to enter the Metro UI (the one with all the little squares) every time you want to get somewhere you’d rather go through the desktop for? How about some applications that could bring the Start menu back?
As the date for Windows 8’s release draws near, many people are starting to wonder if they should upgrade to this newer version. Today, we’re going to discuss what you should know before upgrading so you can prepare your PC beforehand.
Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 is going to be released on October 26th, We have a look into the good, bad, and ugly side of this operating system so you can decide whether you want this running on your computer.
Sometimes, you want to know whether your hard drive, network, or GPU are being overused without having to deal with a ton of third-party applications that simply take up screen space. With these gadgets, you get control over the information you want while saving that screen space. Let’s have a look!
Windows 8 is just around the corner, and many people are still rather wary of the new Metro UI that Microsoft intends to introduce. Today, I’m not going to try to convince you to use Windows 8. In fact, this article will just be about some Metro apps you might find enticing. Let’s have a […]
While firewalls are not particular to the Windows operating system, many Windows users feel the utter need to use a firewall. However, they don’t know enough about how it works to tell what it’s doing for them. If you’re wondering what makes a firewall tick and how it’s protecting your computer, this article is for […]
Welcome to another segment of Ask a Windows Expert, where we dissect our readers’ questions that arrive at our inbox and publish concise answers every week on this site! If there’s anything that bothers you or arouses your curiosity, and you’d like to ask a question about it, let us know and send it to […]
When it comes to security, most people will think of installing anti-virus software (particularly for Windows OS). However, most people are not aware that anti-virus software does not help when you are not taking the necessary precautions.
Although Windows RT isn’t available for PC models, we have the luxury of speculating whether you should get a device with either operating system because Windows 8 Professional is going to come pre-installed in one of Microsoft’s Surface tablets. We’ve gotten a few more details on how the two OS versions work. Now, we’re going […]
Whether your computer is giving you weird errors or you simply have a curiosity about the Windows operating system, we’re here to answer any questions you may have at “Ask a Windows Expert.” Today, we start the 22nd edition of the Q&A we’ve been posting weekly, answering questions by readers like you. If you have […]
The most annoying phenomenon in any person’s day is probably when they notice that, all of a sudden, Windows has decided to show a Welcome screen and make you click on your username to log in. Not only is it annoying, but it’s yet another obstacle to your day especially when you’re in a hurry. […]
Hello there and welcome back to another segment of Ask a Windows Expert, where MTE’s readers freely ask any question they want about Windows and its operating hardware and a resident expert puts the question under a microscope until an answer pops out of it. We’re literally working around the clock to make sure every […]
One of the best changes made in Windows 8’s desktop platform is its task manager. With the new task manager, you can easily diagnose problems and close applications that don’t respond with much more fluency than you have had with the old one that’s stuck around since the Cambrian era. This new and improved window […]
We’ve already written a review of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, and also thrown in a word on the Release Preview. Microsoft just debuted its “Surface” tablet (not to be confused with the Surface table) and it seems like there are some points I should get across regarding this new device. The material is to be […]
Welcome to another segment of Ask a Windows Expert, where we gather your questions about Windows and the hardware running it from our inbox and answer them all in our weekly digest. If you feel like applications are too confusing, got a curiosity about something Windows-based, or have problems with the operating system, why not […]
There are a ton of series on this site with apps you can use for windows. For example, here’s a list of alternative applications you can use in Windows 7. How about applications that let you modify your operating system? We have reported on those too. However, there are also applications that allow you to […]
Not too long ago, we’ve reviewed Windows 8 Consumer Preview, a view of what’s to come in Windows 8 when Microsoft will finally release it. We’ve made some points on how the design was elegant, yet there were a few things that might disappoint some users. This time, Microsoft released the Windows 8 Release Preview […]
Welcome to the 19th week of Ask a Windows Expert, where you have questions and we get a resident expert right here at Make Tech Easier to get you the most concise and comprehensive answer possible. The instant you send an inquiry through our “Questions” form, you can rest assured that your answer is being […]
So far, all I’ve been seeing is a bunch of people complaining about the missing Start button and the Metro UI. While I might like Metro, the Start button has to come back! So far, Microsoft is decided on keeping the Start button out of Windows 8. A lot of mouse and keyboard users were […]
Hello everyone and welcome back to “Ask a Windows Expert”, where you ask the questions and we get a Windows expert to investigate your inquiry and give you the best answer possible. We’re proud to announce that we’re on our 18th week running and have had our inbox full since we’ve started this series. Let’s […]
Why buy a piece of software when other developers make similar software for free? We’re living in a world where altruistic developers make software for the sake of progressing technology, and we should learn to support these people who attempt to help us save some cash while using a program that can easily cater to […]
Windows Media Center is a great source of entertainment for some of Windows’ users, especially those that love to record their TV shows to watch later. Did you know that there are some ways to change the application to enhance your experience? Practically everything in Windows can be modified, and we’re going to talk about […]
Welcome back to another segment of “Ask a Windows Expert,” where a resident Windows expert from MTE answers a question about any version of Microsoft’s operating system, no matter how complicated. Are you having any trouble with your computer while running Windows? Click the “Ask Our Experts Now!” button on the right-hand side of any […]
There are several applications out there that increase your productivity and enhance your experience in Windows 7. Running them would help you save time throughout your day and do things you couldn’t have imagined doing with a simple bare copy of Windows 7. Without further ado, MTE presents to you a list of nifty applications […]
For all the fans of Aero, a user interface improvement that has been introduced in Windows Vista and optimized in Windows 7, it’s a sad, sad day. Microsoft believes that Aero has taken its toll, and it’s time for a newer, cleaner interface which will be introduced in Windows 8, a new version of its […]
As with any product, certain aspects of Windows don’t come free of bugs, and third-party software can sometimes be a hassle. Here at Make Tech Easier, we recognize the need to answer questions for people who are experiencing problems or simply are curious about some of the things that Windows does. Our inbox is always […]
If you have bought a new computer from a store, you’d know how it is to turn on the computer only to find out that it is crammed with many extra and useless software. This is one of the most frustrating complaints that people have had against computer manufacturers, and one of the reasons I […]
You might have heard that many people are having issues recovering their data when some of the hard drive becomes corrupt. Having one partition is often more detrimental than you think. Your computer could benefit in multiple ways from a multi-partition system, perhaps more ways than you think. You can turn your computer into a […]
We’ve come to the 15th week running of Ask a Windows Expert, where you ask a question and we get an expert on the case to give you a fully-researched and concise answer to your issues or curiosities. No matter how complex the question, our answers will always cover everything that you need to know […]
There comes a time in one person’s life, when he or she makes a paramount discovery of certain settings, features, or tweaks of Windows 7 that open doors to a brand new lifestyle. That moment could be now for you, depending on whether you know absolutely everything about your operating system or not. This is the […]
Welcome back to another segment of “Ask a Windows Expert,” where you ask a question and we get a Windows expert on the case to research and find an answer to your question. Today, we have an inbox a bit fuller than usual, but we’ve also gotten a lot of questions that do not relate […]
Windows 7 is already a pretty fast operating system, but many things still annoy its users, such as the amount of time it takes to shut down, how it runs certain games, and its inability to use the full potential of the hard drive to transfer files. The truth is we never run out of […]